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Affordable Care Act Repeal on the Ropes?

Affordable Care Act Repeal on the Ropes?

Three Republican senators said they would vote against the motion to begin debate before it even hit the Senate floor.

A conservative group staffed with members of President Donald Trump's campaign has pulled an ad campaign that slammed a GOP senator for his opposition to the healthcare bill.

At least five Senate Republicans had announced opposition to the bill, before the delay was announced.

Heller had found himself in the political crosshairs of his own party after he announced on Friday that he would not vote for the Obamacare repeal plan put forth by Senate Republicans.

Top Democrat Nancy Pelosi earlier warned that "hundreds of thousands" of Americans would die if congressional Republicans pass their healthcare legislation. "And if we don't get it done, it's just going to be something that we're not going to like".

"This bill was so bad for their constituencies that they fought it", the NY senator said.

"I think the Senate bill is going to be great", he said in response to shouted questions from reporters at the meeting, according to a pool report. But for Sen. Dean Heller (R-NV), his message in a telephone town hall to voters back in the Silver State on Tuesday night was that he doesn't expect major changes in how the GOP bill would deal with the Medicaid program, and that means he remains opposed.




Similar legislation passed by the House was also said to leave millions uninsured.

"America First Policies is pleased to learn that Senator Dean Heller has chose to come back to the table to negotiate with his colleagues on the Senate bill", the group said in statement.

It would have been just as calamitous for Republicans to implement a health care plan without a single Democratic vote as it was when Democrats pushed through the Affordable Care Act eight years ago without a single Republican vote.

However, calls for more time to review the bill as well as concerns over certain key provisions - like those touching Medicaid - may stall Senate progress at a critical moment for health care repeal efforts. "I hope he can stick to his convictions", Pocan said in a teleconference Tuesday with Dr. Britton and the Center for American Progress. "Each of them want different things, and we have to figure out if there is a path".

The Senate plan would end the tax penalty the law imposes on people who do not buy insurance, in effect erasing Mr Obama's so-called individual mandate, and on larger businesses that do not offer coverage to workers.

The CBO also predicted the Senate legislation would increase consumers' out of pocket costs because standard policies would be skimpier than now offered. "But they've got to get rid of tax cuts to the rich, get rid of cutting Medicaid, and we can talk". "Americans need to know @SenDeanHeller is blocking the #RepealAndReplace of FAILING Obamacare!". That is in part because coverage would be skimpier, and people would face higher deductibles and other cost-sharing.


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